60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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60 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  29​h
1
Queenstown
— 7 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Te Anau
— 6 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
6
Tongariro National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Rotorua
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Auckland
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Paihia
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Tel Aviv

7
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 6th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 8th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Coronet Peak. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Queenstown is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

6
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). On the 14th (Wed), hike the day away at Dusky Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, hike along Gertrude Saddle, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Queenstown to Te Anau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Routeburn Track, Dusky Track
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Get out of town with these interesting Fox Glacier side-trips: Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Aoraki/Mt. Cook (in Mt. Cook Village).

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Fox Glacier by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki/Mt. Cook, Franz Josef Glacier
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

5
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). On the 21st (Wed), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, get your game on at Velocity Karts, identify plant and animal life at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and steep yourself in history at Ferrymead Heritage Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery, Ohinetahi Garden
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

5
nights
Wellington

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
When in Wellington, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Blenheim, approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, and explore the activities along Oriental Bay.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington attractions planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 13°C. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Alpine Highway, Wellington Botanic Garden, Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wine Tours & Tastings

7
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 1st (Sat), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 2nd (Sun), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Tama Lakes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls, hike along Silica Rapids Track, and fly down the slopes at Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park road trip planning website .

You can drive from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

9
nights
Rotorua

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Huka Falls tracks & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Spend the 10th (Mon) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and experience rural life at Agrodome.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 16:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Step out of Waitomo Caves with an excursion to Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, trek along Ruakuri Walk, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamilton Gardens, Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

6
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Dedicate the 21st (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, go for a stroll along the water at Viaduct Harbour, and stop by Pauanesia.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Auckland Central online journey planner .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Auckland Central by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Auckland Central can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Tours Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Step out of Paihia with an excursion to Bream Head Coast Walks in Whangarei--about 1h 35 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 26th (Wed) at Urupukapuka Island. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paihia road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Auckland Central to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bream Head Coast Walks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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